Kudos to Londonâ€™s Arcola Theatre for the announcement of their new plan to furtherÂ green the theatre, putting sustainability at the centre of its work. The impressive thing about Ben Todd and his team at Arcolaâ€™s plan is itâ€™s not just about bricks and mortar â€“ though they do have the support of Arupâ€™s sustainability experts on that; itâ€™s about successfully integrating the theatre into the wider enviroment as a kind of signpost for more fundamental change. As Todd said in the launch document: â€œWrapped around the main stage will be dynamic spaces to accommodate our ever-growing environmental sustainability and community engagement programmes.â€
And the other, even more impressive thing, is that theyâ€™re putting much better funded arts institutions to shame with their implementation of this plan.
Iâ€™ve just been sent the bookÂ Theatre Materials, edited by Eleanor Margolies. Thereâ€™s a good quote in there from Todd from the originalÂ Theatre Materials conference back in the spring about why theatre can be so successful at these initiatives â€“ something that really fits with ourDesign teamâ€™s ideas of resourcefulnes:
â€œThere is a big fear that theatre canâ€™t go green because it costs too much money, but theatre has always operated with minimal resources. Theatre people are incredibly resourceful and theatre has always proven that it can operate with very little money. Theatre knows how to get things done.â€
Letâ€™s do the show right here, folks!
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